LAHORE - Dengue cases have touched the figure of 800 in different cities including 730 in Lahore alone causing seven deaths so far including three women, The Nation has learnt on Tuesday. Out of seven, six patients died in the City while one death was reported in Faisalabad. On Tuesday, 95 new dengue cases have been reported positive including 60 patients in the public hospitals of the provincial metropolis. The number of cases of dengue fever being reported in different cities and the number of deaths it caused suggest the health department and the district government have not yet made any extra effort to control the disease. The health officials under pressure to do more think that only rain or an early winter could come to their rescue. The doctors and health officials, it is learnt, are in close contact with weather pundits praying all the time for an early rain or winter. In a report submitted to the Punjab chief minister, the health department has confirmed six deaths caused by dengue fever. A senior health officer and focal person on dengue at Directorate General Health Services Punjab has confirmed 90 more dengue cases in different cities including around 60 who were tested positive in the Institute of Public Health (IPH) laboratory at Birdwood Road. Out of them, he said, 14 new cases were reported in Mayo Hospital, 11 in Sir Ganga Ram, five in Jinnah hospital and one dengue patient was tested positive in Services Hospital. Besides these, he said, 60 more cases were reported positive in the clinical reports in the IPH laboratory on Tuesday. Giving details about the deaths of dengue patients, the health officer revealed that three patients died in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. They include a 55-year-old woman Rashida Bibi, a youth Muhammad Aslam, and 35-year-old woman Nasreen Bibi. While a dengue patient Muhammad Salman, 27, died in Services Hospital, Imrana Bibi in a private hospital at Sanda Road, Muhammad Ashraf, 30, in Allied Hospital, Faisalabad while a youth Ghulam Murtaza died in Shaikh Zayed Hospital. PUBLIC AWARENESS To a query, he said the Punjab health department has geared up its efforts to fight the dengue fever through creating public awareness. In this regard the health department will hold a series of seminars in public hospitals, he informed. The officer further said the health department had assigned a special task to around 700 lady health workers including 26 lady health supervisors to drop health leaflets at the homes of the local people especially in northern areas of the city - badly-hit by the dengue fever. The health department also has set up an emergency helpline 042-9200970 to meet any emergency situation. The experts at the helpline will provide the patients important guidelines for immediate treatment of dengue fever.